From an F to A* in English, Julia Wong had plenty to celebrate yesterday when she collected her Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results.
The Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School pupil also received an A* for mathematics, and two As for her science and Chinese subjects.
“I didn’t want to disappoint them,” the 12-year-old said of her teachers who helped her through her problems with English, which she struggled with in the first semester of Primary 1. But some six months in a learning support programme – where she learnt how to identify sounds, as well as pronounce and spell words – helped her catch up with her peers.
She was among the thousands of Primary 6 pupils across Singapore who collected their result slips yesterday. A total of 38,808 pupils sat the PSLE this year, down from 39,286 last year.
The cohort had 98.4 per cent doing well enough to progress to secondary school – a new record since the national exam was introduced in 1960 – edging out last year’s 98.3 per cent.
From 1980 to 2014, the percentage of pupils eligible to enrol in secondary schools ranged between 81.7 per cent and 97.8 per cent.
Education experts are not surprised by the steady climb.
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